Dr. Bikowsky is a Child & Adolescent Clinical Therapist and an ESA Certified School Counselor with a Ph.D. in Educational Counseling/Psychology. Bella has diverse experience in the education and mental health fields spanning 20 years. Over her career, Bella has gained clinical experience working in long-term residential treatment centers as well as at Seattle Children's Hospital in their inpatient psychiatric unit. Additionally, Bella has been a school counselor in the Seattle Public Schools as well as a Counselor and Behavior Specialist in the Edmonds School District.
Currently Bella is the executive director and owner of Inua Group, which focuses on school-based consultation through integrating mental health supports into the K-12 school setting. Additionally, Dr. Bikowsky spends several days each week in her clinical private practice centers serving children, adolescents, and young adults in both Washington and Montana States. Bella is also a part of Brooks Powers Group, an Educational and Psychological Assessment team in the Seattle area as well as Sound Supports, an educational consulting company focused on building systems through a 3-tired model—Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS).
Through her work in these various settings, Bella has extensive knowledge working with school teams and districts in helping to create systemic change using the Multi-Tiered Systems approach capitalizing on evidenced-based interventions such as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Restorative Justice Practices, Trauma-Informed and Culturally Responsive Practices, Social-Emotional Learning, Mental Health integration into the school systems, and Function-Based Assessments and interventions.
Dr. Bikowsky's areas of clinical focus are individual counseling and family coaching to address:
Through evidenced based treatments such as:
Bella is able to provide a wide variety of treatment options to challenges her patients face.
Whether in school systems supporting functional behavior assessments and trauma or in clinic supporting the social-emotional competence of patients, Dr. Bikowsky puts a strong focus on the brain and body connection when assessing and diagnosing. Using the strong foundation of brain science and the concept of neuroception to guide this process, Bella can lean into the role and state of an individual's autonomic nervous systems in effort to get to the root of presenting challenges. From there, appropriate plans and systems can be implemented for individual's own needs.
Erika is an ESA certified school counselor and school psychologist with an Ed.S in Educational Counseling and Psychology from Seattle University. Erika became a Nationally Certificated School Psychologist in 2007. Erika has worked in several roles within the public school setting as well as in the private sector including: school psychologist, school counselor, behavior specialist, educational consultant, behavior consultant and district behavior support. Erika has a diverse background with experience with learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, autism spectrum, anxiety, ADHD and executive functioning deficits. She has worked both designing and implementing interventions for individual students, but also whole classroom and school settings. Erika's wide range of expertise allows her to team with both school and clinical staff.
Maggie Schulze, Ph.D., BCBA-D has worked in the field of special education for many years in a variety of settings, including residential treatment, inpatient psychiatry and public schools, and has served in a variety of roles, as a paraprofessional, special education teacher and consultant. Maggie provides training and coaching to support the development of MTSS/PBIS systems and structures to schools throughout Washington state. She also supports school teams in creating sustainable and function-based support plans for students with challenging behaviors. She earned her doctorate in special education at the University of Washington, where she continues to mentor and teach special education pre-service teachers. Her services include:
Mr. William Blackwell Jr. is a Former NFL Football Player, Mentor, Radio Personality, Public Speaker, Assistant Athletic Director, Coach, and Restorative Justice Practitioner. William has over 15 years of experience working hands-on with students in different roles. William has served as a role model for many students and youth through these various platforms. Most recently William has served as the restorative justice facilitator in a highly impacted high school in Oakland Unified School District. Here, William's responsibilities included implementation of restorative justice practices, including direct support and services to staff, students, and families, as well as by providing coaching and technical services to all staff.
William has also served as the African American Male Achievement Facilitator where he focused collaboration with administration to implement and sustain community relation, establish African-American male expectations, collaborated with teachers to utilize restorative justice practices in the classroom and worked closely with parents to hold students accountable outside of school.
In addition, William has engaged in motivational speaking talks with schools and districts around our nation focused on student resilience, determination and empowerment of youth.
Sarah is a mental health educator and behavioral coach for kids and caregivers experiencing disruptive behaviors in their home and/or classroom environment.
Starting in 2008, Sarah had the opportunity to serve families at Children's Hospital Behavioral Medicine Unit as a counselor, group facilitator, and parent educator. In 2012, Sarah began consulting in public schools, teaching how to improve executive functioning skills to teachers and parents of children with learning differences and/or mental health challenges.
Sarah believes that challenging behaviors occur when a child is missing the skills needed to cope in a more appropriate, socially expected way. Over the last decade, Sarah has experienced how a new set of tools and skills can result in a massive reduction in the frequency and intensity of challenging behaviors.
The goal of Sarah's work with every family and in every classroom is to design a behavioral support plan which matches the child's skills / abilities right now and incentivizes emotion regulation skill practice in the future, so that the child begins to cope with their emotions in more appropriate ways (after much repetition and practice).
Allow me to now introduce my background in mental health. I earned my B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Human and Family Development from the University of Montana. My education continued at Idaho State University for a Master’s Degree in Counseling and I completed requirements to become a Nationally Certified Counselor in 2010. Following licensure, I worked with all ages for individual counseling services. My education has continued toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist since 2010 by attending The Annual Play Therapy Association conferences, on-line courses, and in-person trainings. I worked to create a mental health program at a Child Developmental Center while living in Wyoming. Teaching Love and Logic Parenting classes since 2011 has also been a joy of mine to help parents know how to set appropriate loving limits in their homes to find greater satisfaction and enjoyment in their relationship with children as well as all relationships.
I am thrilled to join Inua with my expertise. I am honored to be back in my home state offering a service which can positively impact the neurological development of children impacted by difficult experiences as well as teens and adults in addressing their mental health concerns. Please consider sharing my contact information with individuals who might benefit from individual counseling or Play Therapy.